The passenger may have been contagious during the duration of the stay and may have infected others. More details will follow once the Department of Public Health finished the epidemic investigation in Aruba trying to track down suspected cases and all those who had contact with this passenger. Measles is a very contagious disease which causes many premature deaths in children worldwide, despite available and effective vaccinations.
Measles is transmitted by nasal, mouth and throat fluids of infected patients The first symptoms appear between the 7th and 21st day after contamination and include high fever, runny nose, red eyes and white dots in the mouth. After a few days rashes will appear starting at the face and neck area and gradually affecting the rest of the body.
Caution should be taken with persons with fever and cough, red eyes or runny nose with or without travel history to measles affected areas, before the rashes appear. Measles is highly contagious four days before rashes begin. In the event the rashes appear, the patients should be isolated and treated immediately.
Recommendations for care givers:
- Additional supervision for suspected cases with fever and rash
- Closely monitor patients at the doctor’s office with measles like symptoms
In the event a person can not provide proof of vaccination, a verification can be obtained at the Youth Health Care section. Vaccination is possible at the section of infectious diseases at the Department of Public Health.
All suspected cases should be reported to the section of Contagious Diseases according to the existing National Ordinance of Infectious Diseases.
For more information please call the Department of Public Health at 5224221/239/241 and for after office hours 5930917